Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy degree programs in Haiti at UNEPH


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La faculté des sciences de la réadaptation est actuellement en recrutement pour combler le poste de doyen(ne).

La FSRL est à la recherche d'une personne dynamique et proactive. Son mandat consistera à développer et à diriger cette nouvelle structure universitaire dont la mission consiste à former les meilleurs professionnels de la réadaptation afin de répondre au besoin de la population d'Haïti.

Dean Search (English)

The Rehabilitation Department at the Léogâne campus (FSRL) of the Episcopal University of Haiti (UNEPH) accepted its first students in October of 2015.   Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) undergraduate degree students are now enrolled in two bachelor’s degree programs, with an emphasis on critical thinking for clinical practice and health-care system leadership.

FSRL is currently seeking an entrepreneurial and mission-driven individual to lead the development of these new professional pathways in the country of Haiti.

Volunteer Faculty at FSRL UNEPH

International Standards

The OT Curriculum has been recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT). The PT curriculum is currently under review by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT).

Dr. Kate Barrett, OT faculty at St. Catherine University, is the developer of the OT curriculum.

Dr. Julie Booth, PT faculty at Quinnipiac University, is the developer of the PT curriculum.


Dr. Janet O’Flynn will be in residence during the coming year as the dean. For the first semester and for much of the second as well, freshmen OT and PT students will join the nursing students for basic sciences.

During the first semester of the first year, volunteer OT and PT faculty from the US and from Haiti will meet with the students to provide a non-credit course called "Introduction to the Rehabilitation Professions 1". This course will demonstrate the variety of therapeutic approaches they will be learning in their disciplines. Volunteers are invited to come even for very short visits, and should be prepared to give a two-hour seminar on their own area of practice. Please consider combining a one-time seminar on the campus with a longer therapy provision visit for your existing NGO commitment. The first semester begins in October and ends in February of 2017, with a two-week break for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.



During the second semester the freshmen students will participate in a six-credit course called “Introduction to the Rehabilitation Professions 2”. It will include orientation to OT and to PT, and will also cover the “Philosophy of Rehabilitation: Issues and Topics”.

Longer-term volunteer faculty members will be needed, for one week to three weeks (longer if faculty are available) from the beginning of March through July of 2017. Faculty members with an interest in teaching during this course will be contacted for a résumé and will have a phone interview.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:

Second through fourth year classes are taught in a block/intensive format. The students take one course at a time, spending six hours a day, five days a week. A three-credit course takes two weeks, and a six-credit course takes four weeks.

The coordinator of faculty development is Dr. Patty Coker-Bolt, OT faculty from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Dr. Coker-Bolt is now matching faculty with courses for the second through fourth year of the curriculum. There are two distinct roles for faculty:

  1. Course Author: Working with the learning objectives provided, a Course Author writes the syllabus and lesson plans. The Course Author may or may not come in person to teach the class.

  2. In-Class Instructor: The In-Class Instructor provides direct instruction in the classroom, using material developed by the Course Author. As an instructor, you may be in Haiti for one to four weeks, depending on your availability.


FSRL is in the process of confirming clinical affiliations with seven sites in urban and rural areas. Clinical Ed placements vary from one week to three months. Clinical supervision by U.S. and/or Canadian therapists will be needed in some cases. Clinical educators with an interest in supervision will be asked to send a résumé and to have a phone interview.

Contact Info

  • Dr. Janet O’Flynn, Dean


    Haiti phone # 4397-2658
    If calling from the US, dial these codes before that phone number: 011 509

    Phone Number of FSIL Secretary, Mme. Dieuline Vincent, from U.S., Mon. to Fri. 7 am to 3 pm (Haiti time is the same as Eastern Standard): 2813-0416

    If calling from the US, dial these codes before that phone number: 011 509

  • OT Program Developer

    Dr. Kate Barrett, OTD


    Work: 651-690-8767

  • PT Program Developer

    Dr. Julie Booth


    Work: 203-582-3681

  • Faculty Development

    Dr. Patty Coker-Bolt


    Work: 843-792-7491

  • Clinical Education Program Developer for O.T.

    Mme. Jami Flick


    Work: 901-448-2296

  • Clinical Education Program Developer for P.T.

    Mme. Ruth Cross


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  • $100 — support a class for one student

  • $250 — pay tuition for a student for one month

  • $1000 — cover the costs of a visiting faculty member

  • $4000 — pay all expenses (tuition, room and board, uniforms, books and fees) for one student for one year


Monthly Gift

Mail a Check

Donations can be made by check to "Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation" and mailed to:

Janis Handte, Treasurer
P.O. box 183
Hamilton, NY, 13346

Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.